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Cougars Close In Commerce

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Azusa Pacific closed day two of the Commerce Winter Collegiate Invitational on Saturday night.

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December 14, 2013
Chris Baker

COMMERCE, Calif.-- The Cougar women’s swimming and diving team recorded seven top-10 times, while one Azusa Pacific swimmer set a new standard in the 50 fly after the team closed day two of the Commerce Collegiate Winter Invitational with a fifth place score of 672 at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in Commerce on Saturday.

After setting a new record in the 50 fly with a 26.70 in the opening split of the prelims, senior sprinter Tink Gibb broke it in the finals, finishing with a 57.82 following a 26.65 split to take fourth place. The senior broke Kaylen Hewko’s four-year mark of 27.53, giving the St. Lucy’s product two program records (100 free, 51.81). Heidi Zuniga recorded a 13th place swim (59.85), while Brooke Miller (1:00.98) and Madelyn Mooers (1:01.55) took 15th and 18th respectively.

Syndey Bello was the Cougars’ lone swimmer in the 200 free, and the freshman posted a season-best 1:58.22, to take 10th place in the third event of the night. Azusa Pacific placed ninth in the 200 free relay, getting a time of 1:41.70 from Erica Knudsen, Ingrid Cardenas, Lauren Turner, and Bello.

Ingrid Cardenas registered a season-best in the 200 IM, placing third with a time of 2:10.41, less than a second off of the program record. Rachel Allison touched at 2:16.02 to take 11th, and Maureen Wolff tabbed a mark of 2:21.94 to finish in 18th.

Knudsen placed 10th in the 50 free, finishing with a 25 flat, while Lauren Turner took 26th with a swim of 26.42. Azusa Pacific had three top-15 swimmers in the 100 back, led by Miller’s ninth place time of 1:01.93. Anna Eckberg finished with a mark of 1:04.43 (14th), and Madelyn Mooers touched at 1:04.50 to earn 15th.

Allison closed out the night with a seventh place time in the 100 breast, touching at 1:09.00. Cardenas recorded a 12th place swim (1:09.92), while Syndey Bello (1:14.06) and Corine Vierra (1:15.63) placed 20th and 22nd respectively.

On Friday the Cougars posted a top-eight mark in each of their four events, highlighted by Azusa Pacific’s ‘A’ relay team’s third place finish in the 800 free relay after Gibb, Bello, Zuniga, and Cardenas swam a time of 7:48.10 to drop 5.4 seconds off of their entry time. Azusa Pacific nabbed a seventh place mark in the 200 medley relay with Miller, Allison, Gibb, and Knudsen tabbing a swim of 1:53.69.

In one of the two individual events of the night Fuller placed eighth in the 1650 free, registering a mark of 18:44.46. Bello paced a group of five Cougars in the 400 IM, touching at 4:41.67 (seventh), while Miller (11th; 4:47.50), Escalante (15th; 4:58.85), Turner (16th; 5:01.45), and Wolff (17th; 5:03.85) rounded out the remaining Azusa Pacific swimmers. Heidi Zuniga recorded the fastest swim in the time trials, posting a 2:07.76 in the 200 fly.

Azusa Pacific will have nearly a month before its next competition, where the Cougars will compete against Biola and Cal State L.A. in La Mirada on Jan. 11.